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Wimbledon: Murray’s home comforts

Andy Murray says that despite the pressure he is under at SW19, he enjoys the comfort of being able to stay at home — although that does have its downsides.

The 24-year-old's rest day last Thursday got off to an imperfect start when he was required to undergo a doping test at 7am, the fourth time he had been called on by the drug testers in as many weeks.

Murray said: “You have to give one hour every day where they can come. I put it at 7am because I know I'm going to be in bed.

“It's just a bit annoying because it was my day off and I was looking for a lie-in.

“I was fast asleep. I looked at my clock and it was bang on 7am. I knew it was them. He rung the bell six times as well.

“It's pretty normal at this time of year. I get tested here when the tournament's done. I'm sure the French Open always tests. And then, because I'm at home, they always come right before Wimbledon, and then probably at the Davis Cup.

“So it's a lot of testing, but just part of our job, unfortunately. My mum made them a cup of tea, which we shouldn't do.

“It's just very intrusive when you get someone in your house in the morning. When you're going to the toilet and they're staring at you, in your own home, it's just quite a strange feeling."

One perk for Murray of being the home favourite is knowing he will play most of his matches on Centre Court, which becomes even more important when the rain arrives, as it did on Monday.

Many players were left having to resume their matches yesterday, including Blaz Kavcic and Tobias Kamke, who were vying for the right to face Murray today.

The Scot said: "It's good to get off the court and get a rest day.

"If possible, you want to stay in that routine of playing every couple of days and just get yourself set up for the tournament. It can be tough when you get a backlog of matches."

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